A transformation is taking place in academic America especially at the big, public land-grant colleges in the Midwest. Among the top campuses with the most international students some have seen an increases of more than 40 percent in the last five years. The list includes:
- Michigan State
- Ohio State
- Universities of Minnesota
- Universities of Illinois
What makes these Chinese students so enticing for these universities? International students usually pay full out-of-state tuition and are not looking for student aid.
…really are starting to realize the tuition from international students makes it possible for them to continue offering scholarships and financial aid to domestic students.
Statistics indicate that there were 765,000 foreign students enrolled at U.S. campuses last year. Most of them came from China (158,000). Others from foreign countries include those from India, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce this contributes $22.7 billion to the economy while adding an international, global perspective to the academic environment.
Will the influx of large numbers of Chinese and other foreign students at colleges transform what has been the traditional picture of the once mostly all American campus?